All posts tagged: cooking

Beginner’s Guide To: Kitchen Knives

Now that we’ve covered the basics of cutting boards, it’s time to learn about about their perfect counterpoint: kitchen knives. Slicing, dicing, chopping, and mincing is made easier, faster, and cleaner when you have the right tools. Check out this edition of Beginner’s Guide to figure out which knives are right for you. What is it?  Everyone knows what a knife is… however, kitchen knives are unique. These cutting tools are used to prep food, and since each knife is designed to help you achieve a different task while cooking, they come in many different shapes and sizes. There are bread knives, fillet knives, Read More

Beginner’s Guide To: Pots and Pans

Pots and pans: no home can go without these kitchen essentials. From searing steaks to sautéing vegetables to cooking pasta to warming up soup, these instruments are necessary for all of your culinary endeavors. What are they?  Pots and pans are food preparation tools intended for use on a cooktop. I need this if?  If you have a kitchen in your home, with a stove, and cook even once a month, you need this. How many do I need? Pots and pans come in many different shapes and sizes. As they’re quite versatile, many of their uses overlap. If you are an Read More

5 Kitchen Tools Real Chefs Register For

Back at our Los Angeles Zola Townhouse, we had the pleasure of working with Pace Webb, executive chef and owner of Taste of Pace, her catering company. She’s one of the most sought-after chefs on the LA food scene and after she cooked for our events, we could see why. She makes the type of food that is so pretty, but you’re not-at-all scared to eat it because you know it will be insanely delicious. And it was! Then we started chatting with her and we became full-fledged fans. We asked our new friend to tell us what real chefs like Read More

Cozy Cooking

The cold weather outside is the perfect opportunity to stay inside and make that recipe you were drooling over on Pinterest the other day. Stock up with these essentials so you can be prepared to turn on the oven when inspiration hits. All you need is a little heat for these cozy cooking ideas that will keep the temperature up when you need it most. Modern Classics Rectangular Baker Heat up your taste buds with whatever you’ll cook in this multipurpose bake pan. We’re talking anything from saucy lasagna to roasted veggies to extra gooey brownies. Its ceramic base is highly resistant Read More

Rum and Vanilla Poached Pear Recipe from #ZolaCouple Lorin & Matt

Matt, Executive Sous Chef at Per Se, and Lorin, a personal chef for a family, met while working at the world-renowned French Laundry in Napa Valley. For their first holiday as husband and wife, this Zola couple dishes on one of their favorite recipes for a Thanksgiving Day dessert. Rum & Vanilla Poached Pears Will need: medium cast iron or sauté pan with lid Ingredients: 2 Anjou pears 2/3 cup sugar 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice 1 T ground cinnamon 3 T dark rum 1/3 cup water 2 tsp vanilla extract (or can scrape 1 vanilla bean) How to: Preheat a Read More

Recipes From Around The World

Some of our favorite Zola Couples shared recipes that have been in their families for generations. After testing them out and licking our plates clean, we knew we just had to share with you, too. Sheetal and Praveen Low-Fat Chicken Tikka Masala Recipe Ingredients: 2 tsp canola oil or you could use butter 1 small onion, minced 1 tbsp fresh ginger, grated 3 cloves garlic, crushed 1 1/2 cups crushed tomatoes 4 oz fat free yogurt (I used Chobani) 1/2 cup 1% milk 1 tbsp cumin 1 tbsp garam masala 1 tsp turmeric (optional) 1/2 tbsp chili powder salt to Read More

Summer Catch: Date Night for Two

Whether you catch it yourself or start with a store-bought filet, we have the perfect fish dish for date night. Chef Gregg Drusinsky of Seamore’s has graciously shared his famous fish taco recipe for you to enjoy in the comfort of your kitchen. Yummy yellow tail with a crunchy zing – what’s not to love? And for the cooking-challenged, this meal is all about preparation and mixing as opposed to oven-watching and precise measurements, so no excuses and let’s get started! Seasonal Fish Tacos Yield: 4 servings FOR THE PICO DE GALLO: 4 beefsteak tomatoes, diced 1 large red onion, Read More

Beginner’s Guide to: Bakeware

Now that we’ve covered the basics of pots and pans, it’s time to take on bakeware. Have you been struggling to figure out what kind of baking sheets and pans you will need in your kitchen? Here’s our guide to help you choose what baking essentials to register for. What is it?  These are food preparation tools, such as tins, sheets, and trays that are used to bake a variety of sweets in the oven. I need this if? We highly recommend that every home is stocked with a series of bakeware. It is a must-have for a fully functional kitchen. Plus, there’s Read More

Cooking For Two: Staying Healthy During Wedding Season

It’s wedding season! Which means many of you are spending weekend after weekend traveling far, drinking lots of champagne, and loading up on cake. To balance out these celebrations, we’ve put together some nutritious weeknight meal ideas to keep you feeling healthy all summer long. The Drink During the week, start detoxing a little bit. Replace the wine or mixed drink with a simple lemonade or flavored water. You can easily make this drink the night before and have it waiting for you in your fridge (we love Iittala’s Ultima Thule Pitcher). For a fun citrusy drink you can make at home, Read More

Cooking for Two: Pasta Night

Pasta doesn’t always have to be that quick-fix meal that gets the job done but ends up being totally uninspired. If you’re willing to go one step further than boiling water and cracking open a jar of tomato sauce then the possibilities are endless. So, for that cozy date night, do as the Italians do and turn an everyday dish into a romantic meal for two. The Wine  Pasta meals are best served with red wine. We suggest pairing with a Chianti, but go to your local wine store and ask the experts. Make sure to pick out a wine Read More